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Embedding company-owned Android devices with the QR code method (COBO)

Prepare user device

Configuration with user interaction

Configuration without user interaction

Prepare user device

The QR code method is the easiest way to set up a company-owned Android device (COBO). It is suitable for both Google Accounts and Managed Google Play Accounts.

Note! When using Cortado MDM, users can easily perform this method themselves in the user portal. To do this, the users must have been added in the Administration Portal beforehand and have received an invitation email.

Prerequisite: The user device to be configured must have been reset to factory default settings and have at least Android version 7.0.

  • Tap six times on the same spot on the welcome screen.

  • The configuration begins automatically.
  • Set up a WLAN connection.
  • The device is now in a mode where a QR code can be scanned.
  • Depending on whether the user is going to continue the configuration himself at this point, or if you are going to take that on for him, there are now two ways to go forward. The configuration with user interaction and the configuration without user interaction.

Configuration with user interaction

With this type of configuration the user device receives only the server information. It can then be given to any user for further configuration. The only prerequisite is that the user has already been imported into the Administration Portal and activated for Android Enterprise.

However, if you want to take on the complete device configuration on behalf of the user, proceed instead as described here.

  • In the Administration Portal select Administration→ Set­tings→ Android Enterprise.

  • Then select Configure Android Managed Device (arrow in illus.).

  • A QR code is displayed.

  • Scan the QR code with the user device that you want to configure.
  • Then give the device to a user of your choice. The user can then enter his login details and complete the configuration (left illus.). Cortado MDM users must first create a password for this using the invitation email and their email address. Alternatively, you can assign a password for the user when importing users. Users of Cortado Server log in with their e-mail address and domain password. 
  • Subsequently, the company with which the user registers must be confirmed (right image).

  • The user-specific configuration is now concluded. 
  • The Cortado app provides users with an overview about all apps and policies. Users can find more information about the Cortado app here.

Configuration without user interaction

Select this type of configuration if you want to completely configure a device for a particular user yourself.

  • In the Administration Portal, under Administration→ Users select a user for whom you want to configure a device (upper arrow in illus.). You can also select multiple users at the same time, whereby the QR codes for each device will be displayed one after another.
  • Then click on Enroll Device (Cortado MDM) (lower arrow in illus.) or Fast Enrollment (Cortado Server).
Note! Illustrations differ slightly for Cortado Server.

  • Then click on Android (arrow in illus.).

Then select Fully Managed Device (arrow in illus.).

Note for Cortado MDM users! Alternatively, you can also integrate the devices via Administration→ Devices, by clicking on the plus button. There you also first select the desired user(s) and then Enroll Device. Then you can select the platform and the method as above.
  • A QR code will be generated for the selected user (upper arrow in illus.) This contains all the (user-specific) data required for the complete configuration of the device (lower arrow in illus.). The QR code remains valid for 15 minutes.

  • Scan the QR code with the preconfigured user device and agree to the management of the device.
  • The setup will then start (left illus.).
  • Then verify your company by clicking Proceed (arrow in the right illus.).

  • The user-specific configuration is now concluded. 
  • The Cortado app provides users with an overview about all apps and policies. You can find more information about the Cortado app here.

  • If you previously selected multiple users, click on Next to reveal the next QR code (arrow in illus.).



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